From entrepreneurial aspiration to business start-up: evidence from British longitudinal data

Publication type

Conference Paper


BHPS-2005 Conference: the 2005 British Household Panel Survey Research Conference, 30 June -2 July 2005, Colchester, UK


Publication date

June 1, 2005


Are those who proceed successfully from entrepreneurial aspiration to new venture
start-up different from unsuccessful nascent entrepreneurs? Research using
longitudinal British data tracks individuals from entrepreneurial aspiration into selfemployment.
The analysis reveals that while aspirations towards entrepreneurship are
widespread, few aspiring entrepreneurs are successful. Aspirations appear to be driven
by 'displacement' factors such as low satisfaction with current employment, rather
than personal resources associated with educational attainment, parental background
and financial status. Aspiring entrepreneurs do not appear to engage in preparatory
behaviour such higher active saving in advance of launching a new venture.
Apparently they prefer to rely on, for example, housing wealth or debt finance.






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